Don't look now, but Martins Ferry is quietly making some noise on the baseball diamond.
The Purple Riders (13-11) won for the fourth straight time Friday afternoon with a 14-4 pounding of visiting Meadowbrook high atop the Purple City in a game stopped by the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth.
"These kids are playing awfully hard right now," Martins Ferry head coach Anthony Reasbeck said. "They are finally learning how to win. You can see it in their eyes."
MARTINS FERRY’S Braxton Waleski works to the mound Friday afternoon against Meadowbrook. He earned his first career varsity win as the Purple Riders thumped the Colts, 14-4, in five innings.
The hosts grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first only to watch the Colts (2-20) draw even with a 3-spot in the second.
Three runs in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth ended the contest.
Braxton Waleski picked up his first varsity win on the mound with three strikeouts and a trio of walks.
Dustin Schau relieved him in the fifth. He fanned two. The duo teamed on a 3-hitter.
"Braxton pitched well for not pitching much this season," Reasbeck allowed. "He got us into the fifth and Dustin shut the door."
Marcus Sutton had three of the Purple Riders' nine hits. He came up a home run shy of the cycle with a single, double and triple. He also plated three runs. Seth Scott clubbed two singles and a double that produced five runs batted in.
Martins Ferry is back in action Monday against Steubenville Central at Vaccaro Field.
River 2, Buckeye Trail 1
At Old Washington, the Pilots (7-12) scored twice in the top of the fourth and then held off the Warriors (11-9) in the bottom of the seventh.
Cole Isaly doubled in a run for River. Craig Hupp had two singles and Cody Caldwell a double.
Zach Smith worked into the seventh before giving way to Caldwell, who earned the save.
River meets St. John Central today at 1:30 p.m. at Woodsfield. The Pilots then play Monroe Central at 4 p.m.
St. Clairsville 3
At Richmond, invading St. Clairsville grabbed an early 2-0 lead before the host Wildcats roared back.
Alec Jones, the first of three Edison pitchers, earned the mound decision. The trio teamed for three strikeouts and three walks.
Jones aided his cause with a single and double. Dylan Glasure contributed a single and run batted in.
St. C.'s Michael Jacob socked two singles and drove in one. Turner Provost and Malik Gummer contributed two base raps apiece.
Barnesville 16, Shenandoah 2
At Sarahsville, invading Barnesville scored seven times in the top of the seventh in deflating the host Zeps.
Winning pitcher Mitchell Wells received late inning relief help from Dylan MacMillan. Wells recorded three strikeouts and four walks.
David Brown accounted for six Shamrock runs, belting four singles. Auston Hannahs hammered three singles. MacMillan singled and doubled. Colton Pritchard contributed a pair of base knocks.
Buckeye Local 15, Union Local 9
At Morristown, invading Buckeye Local collected 19 hits in a decisive victory over host UL.
The Panthers' Jonathan Borkoski blasted two home runs and added two singles, driving in six runs. Additional multi-hitters for Rick DeLuca's club were Chase Hopkins (triple, two singles); Shane Duncan (two singles); Eric Banal (double, two singles); Eric Williams (two singles); Josh Sokolowski (single, double); and Josh Figurski (two singles).
UL's Austin Curry collected a double and three singles. Brandon Winesickle socked two singles. Matt Dunfee drilled a double.